Originally posted by rwingett
What does it say about our species that we continually send hapless miners into unsafe environments all the time, only to repeatedly see them blown up or buried alive? Hardly a month goes by without a mining disaster somewhere in the world. With the profit motive held up as our standard of judgment, their sacrifice is deemed to be worth it as long as it suf ...[text shortened]... , I'd say our occasional displays of solidarity are eclipsed by our everyday greed and avarice.
Yours is indeed a quite likely correct assessment of the wider context of the drama.
We may quite reasonably wish and work for the wider context to be safer, and there be less unjust exploitation of the underpaid and undervalued
And there is emotional heartwarming rescues of individual lives that are loved.
And there is the earnest and deeply felt endeavor by rescuing folk.
And there is the joy, theirs and ours.
All of this nevertheless, and not an iota less.
By approaching both equally and the same,
we are able to enter into both equally and the same more completely.
The contradiction of the human warmth of the individuals in the rescue, over against the corrupt and exploitative, heightens both,
and in heightening both in non-judgmental awareness and openness,
the path for responding to each mysteriously appears.
As well, such amazing rescues happen very rarely, while the other is, as you indicate, sadly common.
Let's stuff, for the moment, all that common crap we get everyday.
Let us at this happiness dance with joy in this full and empty moment!